Review: Halfway to the Grave (Night Huntress, #1) by Jeaniene Frost

Posted January 17, 2022 by Angie in Book Reviews / 9 Comments

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Review: Halfway to the Grave (Night Huntress, #1) by Jeaniene FrostHalfway to the Grave (Night Huntress #1, Night Huntress Universe #1) by Jeaniene Frost
Published by Avon on October 30, 2007
Genres: Adult Fiction, Urban Fantasy
Format: Paperback (358 pages)
Source: Library
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Flirting With The Grave…

Half-vampire Catherine Crawfield is going after the undead with a vengeance, hoping that one of these deadbeats is her father – the one responsible for ruining her mother’s life. Then she’s captured by Bones, a vampire bounty hunter, and is forced into an unlikely partnership.

In exchange for help finding her father, Cat agrees to train with the sexy night stalker until her battle reflexes are as sharp as his fangs. She’s amazed she doesn’t end up as his dinner – are there actually good vampires? Pretty soon Bones will have her convinced that being half-dead doesn’t have to be all bad. But before she can enjoy her status as kick-ass demon hunter, Cat and Bones are pursued by a group of killers. Now Cat will have to choose a side … and Bones is turning out to be as tempting as any man with a heartbeat.

five-stars

Proceed With Caution:

This book contains blood, death, violence, and discussions of rape.

The Basics:

Halfway to the Grave is narrated by twenty-two-year-old Catherine Crawford. Cat is a half-vampire vampire hunter on a mission. She goes out on the weekends to kill any vampire she happens to stumble upon, all in the name of revenge. She’s the result of a horrific union between her mother and an evil vampire, so Cat’s one goal is to rid the world of vampires in her mother’s name. That is, until she meets Bones, a vampire bounty hunter. They have the same goal, kill vampires, but for very different reasons. Bones also challenges Cat’s belief that all vampires are evil and should be gone from the world.

My Thoughts:

It took me approximately forever to finally start this series, and now I’ve read Halfway to the Grave three times. Well, I’ve read it once and listened to the audiobook twice. The narrator isn’t my favorite (I don’t like her voice for Bones), but it’s still a fun listen.

Bones, Bones, Bones. Wow, what can I say about Bones? I thought his awesomeness was being exaggerated, but no, he is amazing. He can kick some serious ass and he’s sexy as hell. The English-Australian combo accent doesn’t hurt either (except in the audiobook, where he sounds like Mrs. Weasley)! He says and does things that will you set you on fire! The sexual tension between him and Cat is electrifying, and when they do come together…Holy crap! Those scenes are seriously hot! I can’t get enough of those two!

The plot is great, too! It’s fast paced and action packed. Evil vampires have teamed up with evil humans and are up to no good. Cat and Bones work day and night trying to hunt down who exactly is behind the kidnapping of dozens of young women in the area. There’s lots of bumps along the away, plenty of stakes and silver throwing stars, and of course some breaks for super steamy romance. And even though vampires have been done to death (pardon the pun), I really liked the biology and social structure that the author has created for them in this one.

Halfway to the Grave is everything that Urban Fantasy should be: fast paced, funny, sexy, and exciting. I could barely put it down! That ending though, heartbreaking! You’ll need to get your hands on the next book ASAP.

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9 responses to “Review: Halfway to the Grave (Night Huntress, #1) by Jeaniene Frost

  1. I loved it too! In the chat yesterday we talked about the audiobook and one person said they read reviews for the next few books and some of them said how much the audio improved. I was happy to hear that since I own the Vlad part on audio. Thanks so much for joining with us in the Read-along!

  2. So glad you’re doing the readalong this year! Did you see the post for the next book’s chat? I saw your comment to Anne that you couldn’t find this one’s 😢 we’d love if you can join us!

    And omg I agree with you on all counts! Bones is just one of the best heroes ever and their chemistry is electric! And yeah, the narrator is fine for Cat but awful for Bones – love the comparison to Mrs. Weasley, so spot on 😂

    Message me if you can’t find the chat, we’ll get you in!

  3. I just left a comment – a long one 😭 and it disappeared. Let me see if I can remember what I said.

    So excited to have you joining the reading this year! I hope you can make the next chat – the event is there already in the fb coyer group, let me know if you can’t see it and I’ll help you get connected!

    I agree with you on all counts – from the amazingness of Bones, the chemistry between them, and the dreadful narration for Bones 😂 I have to read this series because I just can’t handle that voice for Bones.

    • Your first comment showed up! I’ve noticed this happening on others blog too.

      I absolutely could not find the first chat! I found the event invite for the next one, but could not figure out the first one at all. I’m super bummed that I missed out and have to be in the next chat because that’s my favorite book of the series!

      I thought maybe because I don’t listen to many audiobooks that my assessment was off, but apparently her narration for Bones is just bad! 😛

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